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I score as INFP from every test I take (including cognitive functions), and the general descriptions certainly match, yet one thing bugs me to no end. Everywhere one of the first words/descriptions to come up is "poetic" or "gravitate toward poetry/literature" or "tend to express themselves through writing/poetry". I have NEVER had any interest in poems, and to be honest, consider them useless and waste of time and resources. I read some and even wrote few (probably bad ones) in school when we had to, and I found extremely difficult to try to imagine what the writer had tried to say with all the symbolism, or what were they feeling when writing. Neither did I feel anything when reading, no matter how beautiful things they were about.

I have written some short stories and consider them pretty good, but the main focus always has been the ideas, which I've thought need to be made into something others can get stimulation for their imagination from, as I've never heard of such ideas being used in fiction. I never write spontaneously to express my current emotions, I think even the worst ones go away sooner when I just do something else to try to forget them. I certainly have lots of imagination, but it gravitates toward more "scientific" or rationally explainable things than emotionally stimulating ones.

I also don't like romantic movies/books much, the ones where interpersonal relations is the only or primary thing. I consider them waste of time, even though I may enjoy them. I'm more interested in sci-fi and everything that stimulates me cerebrally or teaches me something. This COULD of course be learned behavior, but somehow I doubt that. And it doesn't explain the aforementioned poems leaving me totally cold anyway.

So.. am I mistyped after all, or are there others like me?
 

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It is possible that you're not INFP, but yes, there are INFPs out there who absolutely hate poetry. I do, anyway. Well, I take that back, I like old poetry, but I dislike the more modern poetry. I don't think I will ever be able to write poems, and I absolutely loath trying to analyze poems. It's also not too odd for INFPs to like science-y stuff. I do. I also tend to try to criticize romantic stuff, but that's me consciously fighting my romantic mindset. Though, honestly by description, you sort of sound INTP, but hey, what do I know?
 

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MBTI doesn't dictate what your interests and likes/dislikes will be. So if that's the only reason you have to doubt your type, I would pay much attention to it hehe
 

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Your type can help you to understand yourself and may help you to understand type's preferences, but in the end - it's you not the type inside of your skin ;)
I'm not a BIG fan of poetry either and I have never been. I even used to dislike it so much when I was younger.. I never realized my teacher's high passion about poems and literature. As I have grown... I value poetry way more though I still can't call myself fan of it. But it is art and it is beautiful although I don't see myself reading poems very often ;)
 

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I'm not a huge fan of poetry either, but I think it's somewhat interesting. I've even wrote a couple of poems recently, and I think they are fairly good, as short as some of them are.
 

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I like poetry. Each line gives me an impression or an emotion that can describe so many things words can't (if it's good poetry, anyway).

I absolutely hate analyzing them though! I remember back in high school, whenever we'd get a poem in English class I'd read it and sometimes find that it touched me very deeply.

Then our teacher started analyzing it, breaking it to bits like "this means that, blabla" and it would always end up with the poem being about sex and that we should hate the poet for being a simple, stupid, horny medieval-dude who did nothing but making literary porn.. That can efficiently ruin a good poem :dry:

But as said before, MBTI doesn't cover interests. INFPs just tend to be creative people and that can show itself through painting, writing, music etc. The reason INFPs might often be into poetry is because it's all about the abstract and the emotions - like the INFP's brain. And writing in general, because we're so terrible in conversations that we make up for it in writing, lol. Also, good writing is usually about people and we're usually quite empathetic so we're able to create great characters.
 

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I like poetry. Each line gives me an impression or an emotion that can describe so many things words can't (if it's good poetry, anyway).

I absolutely hate analyzing them though! I remember back in high school, whenever we'd get a poem in English class I'd read it and sometimes find that it touched me very deeply.

Then our teacher started analyzing it, breaking it to bits like "this means that, blabla" and it would always end up with the poem being about sex and that we should hate the poet for being a simple, stupid, horny medieval-dude who did nothing but making literary porn.. That can efficiently ruin a good poem :dry:

But as said before, MBTI doesn't cover interests. INFPs just tend to be creative people and that can show itself through painting, writing, music etc. The reason INFPs might often be into poetry is because it's all about the abstract and the emotions - like the INFP's brain. And writing in general, because we're so terrible in conversations that we make up for it in writing, lol. Also, good writing is usually about people and we're usually quite empathetic so we're able to create great characters.
This is almost exactly what I wanted to say!:laughing:
I do love poetry, and I write it, though Shakespeare I am not. I can't be bothered with long, epic poems; I prefer sonnets and short lyrical or witty poetry. I zoned out in school when poems would be dissected with the inevitable 'this means sex' conclusions.

I think I tend to be metaphorical both in speech and writing because I don't like my feelings and thoughts to be naked on the table...so they're cloaked.

I've read INFP's are good at languages, too. If that means foreign languages, well, it doesn't apply to me. Nothing in the descriptions are rules, just tendencies.
 

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I think I tend to be metaphorical both in speech and writing because I don't like my feelings and thoughts to be naked on the table...so they're cloaked.
Oh yeah, definitely that too!

I've read INFP's are good at languages, too. If that means foreign languages, well, it doesn't apply to me.
I tend to be very good at foreign languages. English isn't even my native language (I don't know if you can tell..?). Danish is my native language. I also speak a little Spanish and a little German. I've found that I understand bits of most western languages that I haven't even studied (French, Italian, Portuguese etc.).

Well, this has gotten way off topic.. Except it does illustrate how one INFP can relate to a particular part of the descriptions while another INFP can't.. :wink:
 

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I met some people from Denmark, recently, and their English was as good as if not better than most of my English speaking acquaintances from the US (as is yours, most likely).

Off-topic, but it's true! I tend to lean on the crutch that most people born in the US aren't easily multilingual. It's purely an excuse, of course.
 

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I always tested with high marks in English and History, so poetry is great.
Writing it I can never do, but understanding it is a hell of lot easier than math and almost all science.
Anyway, I always stunk at foreign languages, but I have always wanted to learn another.
The INFP template, like all templates, may not fit everyone.
It's possible not to like the same things as other INFP's and still have the temperment.
I believe that its possible.
Still, you could get a professional test and see how that would go.
 

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I always tested with high marks in English and History, so poetry is great.
Writing it I can never do, but understanding it is a hell of lot easier than math and almost all science.
Anyway, I always stunk at foreign languages, but I have always wanted to learn another.
The INFP template, like all templates, may not fit everyone.
It's possible not to like the same things as other INFP's and still have the temperment.
I believe that its possible.
Still, you could get a professional test and see how that would go.
It does take practice. My stack of badly written poems was literally 3 inches thick before I began to find a style I was comfortable with..
 

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I don't think poetry is useless at all but I'm not a big fan of it either. I don't feel the least bit poetic and I suck at analyzing or writing poetry. Pretty much all of my friends like to write poetry and they always ask me to read their poems and say how I feel about them and what I think they are about -_-. I find it's such a pain to do so.

I don't think not liking poetry means you're not an INFP... I mean we're all different at some point aren't we?
 

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Yeah, I don't like poetry either. It's not that I hate it but I don't really care for it. And I don't seem to understand it either, every time we analyzed poems in poetry class I got a completely different meaning from everyone else:dry:
 

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i love abstract writing, i usually don't like poems only if they are very straight forward and not thought provoking.
i love to write, i always score exceptionally well on english tests for standardized testing i just don't do well in the school subject cause i never do homework .:crazy:
 

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every time we analyzed poems in poetry class I got a completely different meaning from everyone else:dry:
maybe you were the only one who understood it? just because you got a different meaning out of it than everyone else does not make you the incorrect one.
 

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a poem can be anything you want it to be. theres stuff ive written that is considered poetry, and Ive hated poetry for the best part of my life, but if you manage to empathize with the author or get a feel, then you will see most of the time its someone describing themselves or their surroundings. or maybe you are an infp repressing emotions. egh I still dont like poetry that much.
 

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Off-hand note: I agree that I think analyzing a poem ruins its purpose. I have been reading a book on fairy tales for children and it even says not to share the meaning of the story to them, as that's like sharing that Christmas isn't real. Rape the magic.

But anyways, maybe if you source poetic to maybe an INFP being rhythmic.
To where rhythmic can branch out to lyrical, poetic, I think you get the point. I assume what it meant was an INFP has an understanding on the manipulation of words in tone of a peaceful melody... or something of that sort?
 

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a poem can be anything you want it to be.
I highly doubt that your dislike of poetry disqualifies you from being an INFP. However, take some time to think about what poetry is. Song lyrics, music, writing. Poetry is everywhere, just like music.
 

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INFPs can absolutely dislike poetry. I love poetry, but a friend of mine who sat next to me in English class would practically have a tantrum whenever we had to find meaning in a poem. But maybe she was lazy.
 

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TO all hose who said they dislike poetry-your INFP-ness is REVOKED-just kidding no it's fine, like a godo portion of us do but youcan't generalize that much really
 
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